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Romania proposes former FM Cristian Diaconescu for the position of Secretary General of OSCE

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Romania has advanced the candidature of ambassador Cristian Diaconescu for the position of Secretary General of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in a press release sent to CaleaEuropeană.ro.

The appointment of the OSCE Secretary General needs to gather consensus among the 57 states participants to the organisation and it will be formalised during the December Council of Ministers.

For this position there is also a candidacy from Germany, namely Helga Maria Schmid, the incumbent Secretary General of the European External Action Service.

The Secretary General of the organisation is appointed for a three years mandate with the possibility of extension for another three years. The role of the secretary general is both political and executive. The Secretary General acts as the representative of the Chairperson-in-Office and supports him/her in all activities aimed at fulfilling the goals of the OSCE; participates in the meetings of the OSCE Troika which includes the outgoing, current, and incoming Chairmanships; supports the process of political dialogue and negotiations among participating States; maintains close contacts with all OSCE delegations; provides early warning to the Permanent Council, in consultation with the Chairmanship, on any situation of emerging tensions or conflicts in the OSCE area and suggests possible options for timely and effective response after consulting the participating State(s) concerned; contributes to and participates in the debates on any of the agenda items of Permanent Council and Forum for Security Co-operation.

Ambassador Cristian Diaconescu is a career diplomat, former Minister of Foreign Affairs (for two terms), former Minister of Justice, with a consistent activity in the fields covered by the OSCE and who participated, from the beginning of his diplomatic career, in the evolution of the OSCE. The promotion of this candidacy demonstrates Romania’s interest and commitment to achieving the OSCE objectives in the areas that have established the Organization as a forum for collaboration and dialogue in areas such as security, democracy and human rights, economic and environmental cooperation. This candidacy reflects also Romania’s willingness to use, for the benefit of the OSCE, the experience and knowledge acquired within the Organization over time “, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also states.

If Mr. Diaconescu will be appointed, he will become the second Romanian diplomat with an important international position after Mircea Geoană was appointed Deputy Secretary General of NATO.

Cristian Diaconescu was Romania’s Foreign Minister during 2008-2009 and in 2012, after previously holding the position of Justice Minister during 2000-2004. He was also head of the Presidential Chancellery during Traian Băsescu’s second term.

He is currently the first vice-president of the People’s Movement Party.

Regarding his diplomatic activity, Cristian Diaconescu was chief negotiator for the Treaty on the Romanian-Ukrainian state border regime, for the Basic Political Treaty between Romania and the Russian Federation, for the Hungarian Law in Hungary’s neighboring states and Deputy Secretary General of the Organization for Cooperation Economic in the Black Sea.

In his diplomatic career, Diaconescu has a rich experience with the OSCE. During 1997-1998, he served as Director of the OSCE Directorate for Cooperation with Subregional Structures in the MFA. Between 1996 and 1997 he was a diplomat in the OSCE Directorate of the MFA. Between 1995 and 1996 he was diplomat to the Permanent Mission of Romania to the International Organizations in Vienna, Deputy Head of Mission for the Political-Military and Security Fields of the OSCE. Between 1993 and 1995, he was the coordinator of the OSCE’s politico-military cooperation section in the MFA. Between 1990 and 1993 he was a diplomat in the Permanent Delegation, later the Permanent Mission of Romania to the OSCE.

With 57 States drawn from Europe, Central Asia and America, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is the world’s largest regional security organization, bringing comprehensive and co-operative security to a region that stretches from Vancouver to Vladivostok.

It offers a forum for political negotiations and decision-making in the fields of early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation, and puts the political will of the participating States into practice through its unique network of field missions.

The OSCE approach to security is comprehensive and cooperative: comprehensive in dealing with a wide range of security-related issues including arms control, preventive diplomacy, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, democratization, election monitoring and economic and environmental security; cooperative in the sense that all OSCE participating States have equal status. Decisions are taken by consensus on a politically, but not legally binding basis.

Robert Lupițu este redactor-șef, specialist în relații internaționale, jurnalist în afaceri europene și NATO. Robert este laureat al concursului ”Reporter și Blogger European” la categoria Editorial și co-autor al volumelor ”România transatlantică” și ”100 de pași pentru o cetățenie europeană activă”. Face parte din Global Shapers Community, o inițiativă World Economic Forum, și este Young Strategic Leader în cadrul inițiativelor The Aspen Institute. Din 2019, Robert este membru al programului #TT27 Leadership Academy organizat de European Political Strategy Center, think tank-ul Comisiei Europene.

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MEP Vasile Blaga: Romania has fulfilled for 11 years all the Schengen requirements and our acceptance is still delayed

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MEP Vasile Blaga, member of the Committee on Civil Liberties of the European Parliament, took the floor during today’s reunion of the LIBE Committee, June 15, and with this occasion touched, during his intervention, upon a “political aspect” throughout the debate on CMV.

“This political aspect refers to the integration of Romania in the Schengen area and the connection between CMV and the postponement of our entry into Schengen. I was the Minister of Internal Affairs who dealt with the removal of the safeguard clause and securing the frontiers regarding Romania’s adherence to the EU”, mention the MEP during the reunion.

Moreover, the liberal MEP pointed out that Romania administers almost 2000 kilometres of EU borders and has fulfilled for 11 years all the Schengen criteria: “nevertheless, Romania’s admission is delayed without openly specifying why. Of course, it was denied on multiple occasions that the integration in the Schengen area would be related to the criticism from the CVM reports. However, reality contradicts this. I believe that the postponement of a decision regarding Romania’s admission to Schengen is an unfair treatment which the European Union applies to my country”, he added.

“I would like to express my hope that the finalization of the CVM for Romania will remove any obstacle, declared or undeclared, to Romania’s integration into Schengen”, concluded Vasile Blaga.

The entire intervention of the MEP can be followed here.

The European Parliament adopted on July 8, with 505 votes for, 134 against and 54 abstentions, the annual report regarding the functioning of the Schengen area which claims, again, that Romania and Bulgaria have to be integrated with full rights into Schengen, while a specifying that Croatia meets all the technical requirements as well.

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MEP Vasile Blaga: The Romanian Government, determined to finalize all the necessary reforms for the suspension of the CVM

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MEP Vasile Blaga (PNL, EPP) participated today, July 15, at the reunion of the Committee on Civil Liberties of the European Parliament and specified Romania’s direction following the last CVM report.

“The last CVM report for Romania clearly shows that in Bucharest exists political volition the effective implementation of the last steps towards reforms which will lead to the suspension of this mechanism for Romania. During the 14 years of evaluation, we found ourselves in the thankless position of repairing the inherited matters from the previous governments, the case being the same today. The last CVM report puts forward Romania’s positive progress from the last 2 years. I emphasize the fact that in Bucharest we have a governmental coalition determined to finalize all necessary reforms”, explained Vasile Blagato his colleagues.

Moreover, the liberal MEP notes that Romania still campaigns for averting the double evaluation regarding the Mechanism of the rule of law: “I want to point out the fact that there is a true expectancy for the finalization of the Mechanism for cooperation and its verification and evaluation based on the same criteria applied to all member states, meaning through the Mechanism regarding the rule of law. Romania still pleads for the prevention of this double evaluation.”

The entire intervention of the MEP can be seen here.

The European Commission adopted on June 8 its most recent report regarding the evolution of the situation in Romania concerning the reforms of the judicial system and fight against corruption, in the context of the responsibilities assumed within the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), noting that Romania registered developments regarding all the recommendations of the CVM and that the fulfillment of all recommendations is essential for the closure of this mechanism.

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President Klaus Iohannis launches the national debate on the Future of Europe

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President Klaus Iohannis will host the official launch event of the national debate on the future of Europe on Tuesday, 13 July 2021, at the Cotroceni Palace, the Presidential Administration informs in a press release sent to CaleaEuropeană.ro.

The debate will also be attended by Adina Vălean, European Commissioner for Transport, Prof. Valentin Naumescu, Faculty of European Studies, Babeș Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, Prof. Alina Bârgăoanu, Dean of the Faculty of Communication and Public Relations, National School of Political and Administrative Studies, and Prof. Cristian Pîrvulescu, Dean of the Faculty of Political Sciences, National School of Political and Administrative Studies. The debate will be moderated by journalist Dan Cărbunaru, director of CaleaEuropeană.ro.

The event will start at 17:00 and will be broadcast LIVE on CaleaEuropeană.ro.

The event aims to debate the objectives and expectations related to the Conference on the Future of Europe, as well as to launch some reflection directions for the orientation of the citizens’ debates that will take place at national level on this topic.

During his speech, the President will refer to the topics of interest for the national debate on the future of Europe, a process which is intended to be primarily a dialogue with European citizens.

The main objective of the debate on the future of Europe will be to strengthen the European project for the benefit of all citizens.

On 9 May 2021, the symbolic launch of the Conference on the Future of Europe took place in Strasbourg. 

The conference is a forum for discussion and reflection on the future of Europe, involving European institutions, Member State governments, national parliaments, citizens, civil society, academia, social partners and other stakeholders.

Discussions related to the Conference on the Future of Europe will take place during 2021 and the first half of 2022 with a view to formulating guidelines for the future of the European Union.

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